Well, it turns out that selling senate seats is frowned upon even in a state where politics are controlled primarily by the mafia. Frankly, though, with the media interest, comical characters, and obvious guilt of the governor, the state legislature was left with little choice. They didn't want to blow their own covers, after all.
The Blago fiasco has been one of my guilty pleasures of the past few months. I realize that the entertainment value in political intrigue appeals strictly to my appetitive nature, but it's something that I'm willing to admit. Nothing has entertained me more, aside from Blago's man-bouffant, than his sodden T.V.-circuit defense. Instead of, say, hiring a successful lawyer or paying attention to the proceedings, he went on Larry King Live to explain to the peasants how messy politics are and to proclaim his innocence. He diversified his audience by hitting up Oprah and The View, which probably made housewives more, not less indignant. His publicity blitz, at least to me, seemed antithetical to what he should have been doing if he actually thought he stood a chance.
Mere moments ago, the Senate Democratic leadership announced that they expect to seat Ronald Burris next week. Burris, impeached, poetry-quoting governor Rod Blagojevich’s appointee to fill Obama's vacant senate seat, has created a political and moral quandary for congressional Democrats and Republicans alike. It’s clear to any rational being that his appointment is highly suspect, born out of a ludicrously corrupt and vulgar situation in his home state. For all anyone knows, Burris bought Obama’s old seat. The last thing that anyone wants is a Senator tainted by scandal, let alone one that rides into the chamber on a sea of it.
The easy solution would seem to be to simply not to seat Burris, but unfortunately, legal obligations will prevent that from happening. Though impeached, Blagojevich is still governor. Accordingly, the State Election Commission is obligated to send his nominee off to Washington, unless they can find something that makes him incapable of fulfilling his duties. They couldn’t, so Burris made his way to D.C., grandstanding and prophesying all the way.
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